The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013
Open: Sunday 11:00am-10:00pm/Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm/Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm
My review on TripAdvisor:
There are just some restaurants and shops that are institutions in their neighborhoods and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is one of them. I have been coming to the store since the 1990’s when I fell in love with their Lychee and Fortune Cookie Ice Creams. What I have loved about the flavors here is that they follow a Chinese-American theme with flavors based on fruits and desserts popular here in the states.
The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory logo
Since the first time I ate there, I have tried their Almond Cookie, Banana, Mango and Passion Fruit flavors over the years along with some of their seasonal flavors like Pineapple and Strawberry. Since then they have added flavors like Durian, Black Sesame, Green Tea, Red Bean, Zen Butter and Taro. Some more unusual flavors now include Ginger, Avocado, Taro and Zen Butter, which is a Peanut Butter Ice Cream with toasted Sesame Seeds. Each has its own unique flavor.
The store still stays traditional with flavors such as Vanilla, Vanilla Fudge, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Pistachio, Oreo Cookie, Cherry Vanilla and during the holidays things like Coconut Fudge and Pumpkin Pie. The list of sorbets keeps growing and they have added Lemon, Longan, Tangerine, Pineapple and Strawberry among others. Please check their website out for current flavors.
The flavors of the ice cream here are just amazing
All the ice creams have a rich creamy consistency and the portion sizes are extremely fair. I normally have two scoops and it almost looks like four. The size of the cup portions have always been large and their cones are quite big. They also have a selection of sundaes, ice cream cakes and shakes.
Since COVID restrictions have loosened in Manhattan, the lines have been long especially on the weekends so be prepared to wait. It is nice to see the old normal returning to Chinatown.
I have always found the service here to be extremely friendly but a bit rushed. They are trying to keep up with the popularity of the shop with locals and tourist alike. It has always been a treat to come here and the store has been a beacon for the rebirth of Chinatown in Manhattan post COVID.
The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory at 65 Bayard Street in Chinatown Manhattan
The History of the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory:
The origins of the ice cream are both mythical and abstract, including legends attributing to the invention of ice cream to the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty. Despite its unclear beginnings, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF) has made ice cream a tangible and undeniably delicious reality!
By coalescing America’s most popular dessert with an exotic Chinese twist, Philp Seid demonstrates a unique entrepreneurship in establishing CICF. Having been in existence for over twenty eight years, CICF stands today as one of Chinatown’s oldest businesses and is often referred to as an unofficial landmark.
CICF continues its tradition of being a family run operation, with a new generation of Seid ice cream makers, including Philip’s daughters Christina and Katherine. What’s the secret to our delectable frozen products? The answer is simple: ice cream making is in our genes.
(The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory pamphlet and Facebook page)